New Delhi : A National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) team visited the capital's high security Tihar jail Thursday to probe a string of deaths of prisoners in a week.
The five-member team led by Superintendent of Police Mamta Singh visited jail No 3 and 7 following a notice by the NHRC to the jail administration Wednesday.
Six inmates and a jail warden died in the jail in the past week, with the authorities ascribing the deaths to dehydration and illness.
"The NHRC decided to send an investigative team to the jail to conduct an independent probe to get details of inmates and check whether there were adequate facilities in two sections of the jail," an NHRC spokesperson said.
"The team would be filing its report in two weeks," she added.
The jail administration said the team had been provided all the details and the jail staff was cooperating in the investigations.
"We are extending our full support to the investigating team sent by the commission," jail spokesman Sunil Gupta said.
On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court and Delhi's Lt-Governor Tejinder Khanna had also ordered separate probes into the deaths.